a n c e s t o r a d i o: a triptych by melannie monoceros

a n c e s t o r a d i o: a triptych by melannie monoceros

a n c e s t o r a d i o: a triptych by melannie monoceros

On view at PAVED Arts
September 23, 2021 to October 22, 2021
Curated by Sarah-Tai Black


For in-person visits, please email artistic@pavedarts.ca at least 24-hours in advance to book your exhibition viewing. Appointments are available Tuesday to Friday, between noon to 5:30pm in half-hour blocks, capacity of 5 people per appointment. Masks and proof of vaccination required as of Oct. 1 as per Sask Government mandates.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 25th from 7pm to Midnight
Please note, the Gallery capacity is five people in the space at a time, and masks are required. Visits may be limited in time to allow everyone an opportunity to see the work.
Hosted in partnership with Nuit Blanche Saskatoon. 

“Conceptualized and created from the found audio documenting a day in the life of the artist’s mother and themself at 16 months, a n c e s t o r a d i o is an experimental film triptych exploring the confluence of archival memories, inherited grief, and their vibrations into the movements of present life and liberation dreams.”
— melannie monoceros

PAVED Arts is proud to welcome and share space with the work of Winnipeg/Treaty 1 based film, performance, and text/ile artist melannie monoceros. Their work a n c e s t o r a d i o, a constellation of three films that materialize feelings of memory, grief, and immediate experience, will be on view in PAVED’s main gallery space for the duration of the exhibition.

Banner Image Description: Still from a n c e s t o r a d i o – tuning the ocean (i), 16mm, 2016. Dark teal smears and spots and red/brown irregular shapes span across a light background. 


Artist Bio:
melannie gayle monoceros is a poet and artist exploring polysensory production through text/ile, performance, and installation. A Black and chronically ill creator, they are currently based in Treaty 1 / Winnipeg, MB, home of the Métis First Nation and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Dakota, and Oji-Cree Nations. They have read and performed at Drop the Mic (Winnipeg, MB 2019), This is Not a Sentence (Paoli, IN 2018), Republic of Inclusion (Ottawa, ON 2017), and at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto, ON 2016). monoceros is a VONA fellow (Berkeley, CA 2014) and has since been awarded grants from the Canada, Manitoba, Ontario, and Toronto Arts Councils. melannie has been a guest lecturer at the University of Winnipeg,  Concordia University, Ontario College of Art and Design, Ryerson University, and Yukon College School of Visual Art.  melannie’s writing has appeared in magazines such as Recenter Press Journal, Contemporary Verse2, This, Make/Shift, Shameless, and The Peak as well as the When Language Runs Dry zine. In 2019 melannie’s work appeared at the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina, SK) and MAWA/Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (Winnipeg, MB).  Also in 2019, melannie was awarded the JRG Emerging Artist Award for their continued pursuit of integrating technology and accessibility through film via their series a n c e s t o r a d i o. In 2020 melannie’s work was featured at Gallery 1C03 (University of Winnipeg); Window Gallery (Winnipeg); the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (Brandon). // http://melanniemonoceros.com

patch in the trees photographed by Shoog McDaniel

Image description: melannie monoceros is a Black agender person with medium brown skin and a close-shaved head with a spiral-like tattoo in dark ink behind their right temple. They are standing in front of a winter forest with snow-covered ground and bare birch tree trunks behind them. melannie wraps a large, gray and multicolored, multi-patterned, hexagonicial quilt around their shoulders, hands tucked inside the folds at their chest. They wear long orange acrylic earrings, and a yellow leather neck piece visible at their collar and smile quietly, eyes slightly squinted and chin pointed upwards, gazing at the winter sun.


Curator Bio:
Sarah-Tai Black is an arts curator, critic, and film programmer from Treaty 13 Territory/Toronto. Their curatorial work has been staged at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art (Canada) and Toronto’s A Space Gallery and they have spoken about arts culture, film, and moving image arts in their many forms as a guest of the National Gallery of Canada and Canadian Art. They were recently the Interim Artistic Director at PAVED Arts.


Photographed by Alyson Hardwick
Image description: Sarah-Tai is a Black non-binary femme with olive-toned skin who wears a white turtleneck and a navy wool coat with their hair braided into a crown of loose two-strand twists. They stand in front of a neon light that casts a pinkish-red glow upon their face as they hold an umbrella and gaze at the camera.
Photographed by Alyson Hardwick Image description: Sarah-Tai is a Black non-binary femme with olive-toned skin who wears a white turtleneck and a navy wool coat with their hair braided into a crown of loose two-strand twists. They stand in front of a neon light that casts a pinkish-red glow upon their face as they hold an umbrella and gaze at the camera.



 

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